Churches come together in Sheffield to mark Olympic legacy

KIds and parents enjoying the fun and games at Hillsborough Park
KIds and parents enjoying the fun and games at Hillsborough Park
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Prayers paid off when wet weather was kept at bay for a day of sporting action in a Sheffield community.

Church leaders breathed a sigh of relief when the sun shone on Hillsborough Park for a day of games and sporting activities designed to show the Olympic legacy is alive and kicking in the area.

Organisers Churches Together, made up of 10 local houses of worship, almost had to be called off a second time after a downpour.

Youngsters took part in races and field events in between soaking up all the fun on offer – from face painting to a bouncy castle.

Medals were dished out to everyone who took part in the hope it could inspire Sheffield’s next Jess Ennis-Hill.

Hundreds of local residents turned out to show their support to the event, first held last summer in honour of London 2012. It is hoped the park fun day will now be held annually.

Father Shaun Smith, priest at Sacred Heart Church in Hillsborough, said: “It was a bit scary on Friday with the weather but luckily we had a good day.

“Last year communities were encouraged to organise sports days in honour of the Olympics and the 10 local churches came together to do it. It was such a success and enjoyed by so many we wanted to do it again. There was real joy when children collected their certificates.”

On top of the sports, there were circus skills workshops, arts and crafts sessions and stalls to keep adults entertained. The volunteers also worked to provide free refreshments for members of the community.

Fr Smith said: “I think it is very likely we will continue to organise it and make it an annual event.”